Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000


MEDFORD – Senior P/2B Zack Brown (Melrose, MA/Melrose) of the baseball team, and junior CF Randee McArdle (New Lebanon, NY/East Nassau) of the softball team, are Tufts University student-athletes who were named to their respective GTE College Academic All-District teams in the Northeast.

Players must have grade point averages of 3.2 or better and be significant contributors to their teams. The honorees are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Brown, who will play in the New England College Baseball All-Star Game on June 3 in Norwich, Conn., was one of two pitchers in the region selected to the Academic Baseball Team. An Economics major who recently received the university's Bennett Memorial Scholarship for true sportsmanship, Brown was the staff ace for the Jumbos. He finished 7-2 with a 1.41 earned run average (12th best in the country as of May 8). A .390 hitter, Brown was the captain of the 2000 Jumbos, whose 26 wins are the most in the program's long history.

McArdle helped the softball team advance to the College World Series this spring. After playing every inning at catcher last spring, she moved to centerfield in 2000 and was a NESCAC All-Star for the second straight season. Co-captain of the team that finished 25-12 and won the NCAA New England Region Championship, McArdle hit .324 with five home runs and 27 runs batted in. A Clinical Psychology/History double-major, McArdle is also an All-New England goalkeeper on the Tufts soccer team. She earned the university's Rudolph J. Fobert Award as the top female athlete with a good academic average in 1999.

The Tufts University Athletic Department has a long list of student-athletes who have been named to the GTE Academic Teams. In April, long distance runner Cindy Manning (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) was selected to the Academic All-America First Team for the second straight year.